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U.S. goalkeeper Solo accuses ex-Fifa president Blatter of sexual harassment

11 November, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Lamar Ellis
  • Solo- seen here presenting the female player of the year award to Abby Wambach- said she had to swallow her anger and press on so as not to spoil her friend's big moment

Hope Solo recently did so as well as she has accused ex-FIFA president, Sepp Blatter, of sexually assaulting her in 2013. "It's been normalized", said Solo, who presented the FIFA's women's player of the year award in January 2013 and shared the stage with Blatter.

Solo continued: "I had Sepp Blatter grab my ass".

Solo presented the Federation Internationale de Football Association women's world player of the year award to USWNT striker Abby Wambach.

In the interview with Portuguese newspaper Expresso, Solo claimed that the sexual assault had happened just moments before the pair went on stage together to present the award.

"I have seen this all of my career and I would like to see more athletes speak about their experiences", said Solo.

Solo has taken to social media to praise those who have spoken out against sexual harassment using the hashtag #MeToo. It was the Ballon d'Or I was presenting.

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Solo says sexual harassment is rampant in sports. She said she's seen inappropriate behavior from coaches, doctors, press officers - and between players.

Blatter's representative called the allegation "ridiculous" in a statement to Expresso and The Guardian. I didn't get to tell him directly, 'Don't ever touch me!' That's the way I've always handled things. That needs to change.

Blatter, 81, was elected FIFA's president five times between 1998 and 2015, but he lost his position due to ethics breaches.

In 2004, Blatter was widely criticized for sexist comments about women's soccer.

"They could, for example, have tighter shorts", Blatter said. Female players are pretty, if you excuse me for saying so, and they already have some different rules to men - such as playing with a lighter ball. She has made 202 appearances for the women's national team since 2000. Directly", she told the

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